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Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show

Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report.
Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies.
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy

Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere.
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking.
Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps

Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests.
Drug Regimen Cures Hepatitis C in Most Liver Transplant Patients in Study

A new drug regimen is producing high cure rates in small groups of liver transplant patients with hepatitis C, researchers report.
Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study

New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins.
More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.

 

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